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Problems to Watch For

Malocclusions ("bad bites") like those illustrated below, may benefit from early diagnosis and referral to an orthodontic specialist for a full evaluation.

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CROSSBITE OF FRONT TEETH 
Top teeth are behind
bottom teeth
CROSSBITE OF BACK TEETH 
Top teeth are to the inside
of bottom teeth
CROWDING
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OPEN BITE 
Front teeth do not meet
when back teeth are closed
PROTRUSION DEEP BITE
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UNDERBITE 
The lower teeth sit in front
of upper teeth when back
teeth are closed
SPACING ORAL HABITS 
Sucking on thumb, fingers

In addition, if you notice any of the following in your child, check with your orthodontist:

Final treatment decisions should be made among the parent, child’s dentist and orthodontist.